DEFINITION: The transition words/phrases connect ideas and also introduce contrast, agreement, purpose, result, conclusion, etc.
They are the words which will transfer from idea to another idea
Example: He is not only a nice guy but also a nice computer operator.

Following Transition words are used to show agreement, similarity and addition.

Transition wordsExampleTransition wordsExample
As well asHe performs as well as the other.TooHe has a perfect job, too.
As a matter of factHe is not a student. As a matter of fact he does not like studying.ThenYou have to study then you will be able to compete.

These transition words are used to show contrast, opposition and limitation.


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ExampleTransition words


Of course….but

Of course, you are right but I can’t do it.Otherwise

They should play well otherwise they’ll lose.

On the other hand

He loves to work; on the other hand the doctor has restricted him from working.


They can take time besides they have to make count of the time they take.

The following transition words present specific conditions, intentions and purpose.


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ExampleTransition wordsExample

In order to

He talks in order to improve his speaking.

So that

He tries hard so that he is successful.

In the event that

He seemed so good in the event that he made his century.

With this intention

I will get the position; with this intention he is going to challenge his rivals.

The following transition words are used to give examples, support or to emphasis on the idea.

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For instance

Pakistan exports sport goods. For instance, bat, ball, football, etc.

With this in mindHe will win, with this in mind he entered the competition

Important to realize

It is important to realize that you have insufficient balance.

In fact

He lies a lot. In fact he is a liar.

These transition words are used to express effect, consequence and result:
Note: for and because are used before the cause or reason. The others are used before consequence/result.  


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ExampleTransition wordsExample

He works hard for promotion.


He likes black because it is professional.


He could not beat his brother thus he is out of the game.

In that case

He committed crime; in that case he was arrested by the police.

For expressing restatement, conclusion or summary, we use the followings:


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ExampleTransition wordsExample


After a lot of hard work, ultimately he got the deserved position.

In either case

You do it or not, in either case you will be in loss.

To sum up

Hadia washed the dishes, Asghar collected the plates, Mehrin arranged the hall, to sum up they all did their hard work.


Their overall performances were good in all the matches of tournament.

The following Transition words are used to talk about time, sequence and chronology.


Transition words

ExampleTransition wordsExample
Sooner or laterSooner or later, you have to perform.As long asThere is a hope as long as he plays for us.
As Soon asHe killed him as soon as he got Khaliq killed his cousin.All of a suddenEverything was going well, all of a sudden something exploded.


These Transition words are used to mention place and locations.


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ExampleTransition words


In the middle

He interrupted in the middle of class.Between

The village is in between the two mountains.


He sits next to his sister.AcrossHe came across the road after a lot of difficulties.

Use transitional words according to the given command to fill in the blanks.

  • He was standing ________________________ of the road. (Place)
  • There is always a chance ___________________ he is there. (time)
  • His ________________ points were a bit more than his rivals. (summary)
  • Sacajawea worked hard ______________ he wanted to be in the tournament’s finals. (purpose)
  • ______________________ he is a teacher ____________ he is not able to address the audience. (contrast)
  • There will be a problem, _________________________ they did not play game. (support)
  • They will apply for the job _______________ they will be called for interview. (addition)
  • Germany has the highest rate of literacy _____________ they support their students. (reason)